Alderman Rawnsley was naïve to think Alderman Habib Bitar would …

Comment on Last meeting of 11th Council descends into chaos by Hal Duell.

Alderman Rawnsley was naïve to think Alderman Habib Bitar would apologise for his remarks. He also forgot the truism that the first person to mention the Nazis loses the argument. Sami lost it a fortnight ago; John gave it back to him last night.
And Aldermen Stewart and Melky – as seen from the gallery, by the manner of your jumping in you brought the Alice Springs Town Council into disrepute.
You were in the chair, Mayor Ryan. I know two in the attacking pack have declared against you in the Mayoral race, but still, you were in the chair.
That is my impression of how the open section of the last public meeting of the 11th Alice Springs Town Council descended into shame last night.
Alderman Sandy Taylor was the only person in the room to respond appropriately – she walked out.
It shames me that I didn’t. The fascination of watching a train wreck was just too great.

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Last meeting of 11th Council descends into chaos
@John
If what you suggest is true, and I have no reason to doubt it, in four years time we in Alice will have our representation in Darwin reduced from 3 to 2.
I rest my case. We have to forge a way without Darwin or be forever content with the scraps.
We deserve better, and if we pull as a team, we can get better. I say go it alone. Central Australia is a truly unique part of Australia, and of the world. Let’s declare it so and do it proud.


Last meeting of 11th Council descends into chaos
@John
I agree with you that we need structural reform to empower the regions, but I wonder why you want to filter this reform through another State? To me this seems like a 19th century solution to a 21st century situation.
Why not go for a two tier system of government? I wonder if that wouldn’t suit Central Australia much better than to be forever a poor country cousin to the Top End.
Their focus is Asia. Ours is here.


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Mr Gunner would do well to remember that the last NT Chief Minister to lose control of the streets in Alice was Martin, and the Intervention followed. Turnbull might have a smoother smile, but he is cast in the same mold.
And Where’s Warren will again wring his hands and cry shame, but the only shame is that he is still there. Go Jacinta! I don’t know if you will be any more effective, but remember this: You cannot do worse.
Also, consider this: There has recently been a national Angst over all the kids in detention in the NT being Indigenous, but then think how many priors each of those kids had to have had before they finally earned detention.
CM Gunner’s answer to the collapse of Alice seems to be to ignore the clearly stated preference of the majority regarding the art gallery and to work with them, but to instead indulge in a swinging big-dick moment. He wants to get real while there is still an Alice to get real over.
And the TOs and their families and friends? To be honest, I think they are scared of their own children. Or perhaps they are scared of each other.
Either way, they sure as hell aren’t doing anything.


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So glad the Ducks of Doom feature. As soon as I get back to Alice I will visit.


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It will be interesting to see if the results of Council’s survey are similar to those published today by our local print newspaper.
Over a two week period it conducted an online poll asking residents of Alice what they thought of plans to use Anzac Oval for an art gallery. The results are unambiguous: From a total of 988 votes, 32.4% said it was a good idea and 67.6% said it wasn’t.
As for the old high school, over to you, Alex Nelson.


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A National Indigenous Cultural Centre is arguably so much more important, nationally, locally, and indigenously(?), than another art gallery. I imagine it would include an important and pertinent section on the birth and development of the Central Australian art movement. This last point alone would obviate the need for a National Indigenous Art Gallery, especially given that all major cities and most of the smaller ones already have their own collection of Indigenous art.
As an aside, do we really imagine that the cities, both large and small, will strip out their own collections to further a gallery in Alice Springs? Will the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory be sending its rare and priceless collection south to Alice? Of course they won’t.
And for a National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be led and directed by local Indigenous voices, in consultation with other Indigenous voices from around Australia, is only right. Their culture, their land, their choice. Hopefully Gunner and Co will, this time, listen and learn.


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Well then, under the theory that where there’s smoke, there’s fire (fresh dung in the farmyard on a cold winter morning notwithstanding), it seems this issue is not going to go away. I do wonder if we’ll ever learn something.
That remains to be seen, given the beauty of Section 81(2C) quoted above. Unless I’m reading it wrong, this seems to say that disciplinary committee meetings are to be held in public unless the disciplinary committee doesn’t want them to. Now that’s a get-out-of-jail card if ever I saw one!
As often quoted in other contexts, “You can’t make this stuff up.”


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